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July 27, 2016

Teachers and Technology

Educators believe technology is an important and useful teaching tool. An Education Week survey conducted in May, 2016 provides some interesting statistics about teaching and technology that indicate teaching with artifacts is both desirable and effective. Read more.....

June 9, 2016

Artifacts and Planning

Artifacts allow us to move away from the limitations of time, group or location so that our students can learn the skills they need to think critically regardless of discipline.

March 18, 2016

Comparative Exercises - Pottery A to Z

This example of an artifact-based lesson demonstrates the comprehensive nature of the context support documents that are part of each artifact in the Artifacts Gallery.

March 16, 2016

Teach with Artifacts: Lesson Ideas Part III

This lesson invites students to take a look at the clash of cultures and asks some questions about how we carry the past forward as conditions change around us.

March 11, 2016

Artifact-Based Lessons: Tourism

Are you looking for lessons that might work for you and your students as Spring Break, standardized-testing, and warmer weather approach? Here is a suggestion for you!

March 7, 2016

Teaching with Artifacts: Lesson Ideas - Part II

Wondering what an artifact-based lesson might look like? Here is an example using Native American artifacts. The lesson examines the art and culture of Native Americans of the Southwest.

March 1, 2016

Artifact-Based Lessons: More Suggestions

Are you ready for more classroom ideas?! Here we go!

February 24, 2016

Teaching With Artifacts: Lesson Ideas

Here are some ideas for lessons connected to artifacts in the Artifacts Gallery at Artifacts Teach 2.0.


  • “Every object has a story to tell if you know how to read it.”
    – Henry Ford
  • “Dealing with objects is a great way to teach the different steps involved in analyzing different kinds of materials. With just a little background, you can get students to engage with entirely new materials in extremely fruitful ways.”
    – Anita Nikkanen
    Harvard University
  • “Using objects helps students develop important intellectual skills.”
    – John Hennigar Shuh
    Curator, Nova Scotia Museum
  • "Whenever I used objects in my EFL classroom, I was surprised by how many questions I would get. I was especially excited when students who usually sat quietly were tempted to ask a question based on my object.”
    – Jenny Wei
    Specialist, National Museum of American History
  • When we examine the parts, we get a new perspective on the whole. There is nothing like holding a dinosaur bone, or the smell of cedar baskets…”
    – Burke Museum
    University of Washington, Seattle WA
  • “Every object has a story, right? Actually that’s a bit limiting. Every object has multiple stories.”
    – Rob Walker
    designer of Significant Objects and How They Got That Way

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